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Once I’d tried the HydraFacial, I wanted to see what the ZO facial could do for me.

Developed by Dr Zein Obagi, the brand is known for its innovative skincare solutions using bioengineered complexes, exclusive formulas, and unique delivery systems. Sounds pretty good.

It claims to brighten the face and give and instant all round glow as well as reducing unwanted pigmentation. It uses ingredients with brightening properties to fight against signs of ageing as well as enlarged pores.
With 10% citric acid is illuminated the skin.
With 10% lactic acid it combats blemishes and acne. And with 10% glycolic acid it penetrates deep into the epidermis treating fine lines, blackheads, dullness, and uneven skin tone.

If you’ve read my last post about the HydraFacial, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with my pores and am on a mission to get rid of them! As I have oily skin I’m conscious to use all products targeted towards that, which means that I avoid anything that claims to help with fine lines as I feel it will just weigh heavy on my skin and ruin any progress I’ve made with it. But that then means that I worry that the ageing process is catching up with me while I’m here fighting a losing battle with spots and blackheads still! I was interested to see if ZO could help in that way.

At just 15 minutes treatment time, it’s a great alternative to the HydraFacial for those who may have allergies to ingredients it uses or those who simply don’t have the luxury of time as the HydraFacial can last up to an hour. It really is a quick and long lasting fix that can be done on your lunch break with minimum to no redness afterwards.

My treatment specialist Charlene made this facial super relaxing and nearly had me drifting off in such a short space of time (as someone who struggles to get to sleep this was a miracle for me). She applied medium pressure whilst massaging in the cleaners and scrub that performed a deep clean of my pores, which felt refreshing and truly rejuvenating.

After this, the peel was brushed gently on to my skin and left for five minutes. Be warned it is quite pungent and may make your eyes water slightly if you take a deep breath in. She suggests five as things can start to get a bit tingly by then! At five minutes I was able to make the decision to leave it on for a further two minutes if I felt comfortable. I did. So after just seven minutes my face was visibly glowing and I trusted Charlene’s compliments as she was open and honest about the condition of my skin to begin with.

It’s hard to describe but I went in there with what I thought was a normal skin tone and I came out feeling wowed that my skin could actually look so radiant – and so instantly too!

I did come out in a slight rash around my cheeks a day later, which I believe was due to the citric acid as my body and face has had a history of disliking anything to do with lemons, limes and oranges(!) so I might have to go for something less citrusy next time. But once faded, I could see my glow again.

A week later and my skin still looks refreshed and more plump. I don’t consider myself to have any sagging skin but it now feels so much more defined and firm. My pores have visibly decreased in size and I’m over the moon about that! My complexion looks even and radiant… I just can’t believe I’m saying that about myself.

Again though, this is no miracle treatment and I think it would be far more beneficial to have another few sessions of this. It is a fantastic instant fix though so I can imagine that my best friend will give this a go before she gets married and that my mum will use this to revitalise and hydrate her skin ready for her birthday in December.

Kerry x

My thoughts on the HydraFacial

So I’ve just come back from an amazing holiday in Split, Croatia thrilled to be able to tell everyone all my little stories about the place, but a quick flash in my best day-lit bedroom mirror left me slightly horrified. OK, horrified is a bit of an exaggeration but I’m a bit on the dramatic side when it comes to my skin.

It was 35 degrees on the Dalmatian coast that week and as a fair-skinned individual I am very concerned with sun damage. So a weeks worth of lathering factor 50 on my face, and unattractively, lots of sweat, as well as lots more makeup than I’d usually wear every night, when I got home I could see the three very faint lines across my forehead had gone from almost invisible to definitely visible somehow.

On top of this I have struggled with excessively oily skin all my teenage to adult life meaning huge – and I mean wide open – visible pores along with thousands of tiny stubborn blackheads impossible to expel from my skin (not even with the use of home-use tiny tools to press them out). The black heads and open pores, as well as red blemishes under the skin that usually take around six months to fade away have always had me feeling deflated and embarrassed every time I walked away from a mirror so to find I now had a few lines on my forehead motivated me to do something about it.

The HydraFacial was said to be the way to go for instant fixes to all of the above problems. Perfect! So I was more than excited to try this out.

My therapist Amy first of all showed me the machine that displays all the fluids to be used and she talked me through the process step by step.

First up, Amy cleansed my face so it was free of all makeup (gratefully my mascara was left alone). Then it was time for the gentle 7% Glysal peel, which is considerably lower than the types of peels celebs would use at around 20% so good for sensitive skin. The peel is supposed to help towards improving the appearance of acne and scarring as well as balancing oil levels and loosening debris from the pores.

The third step was extraction. A tool that Amy ran along every centimetre of my face sucked the blackheads from my skin using natural honey and salicylic acid.

Hydration came next. The same type of tool gently blasts a cocktail of hyaluronic acid and powerful antioxidants, and peptides into the skin.

Amy then applied a special HydraFacial Serum before I went on my way.

What was great about Amy was her openness about the beauty industry. She told me that this treatment is by no means a miracle treatment and people can have up to 12 sessions before their skin is how they want it to be. Instead of relaxing while I lay on the comfy treatment bed I asked a multitude of questions. From this I found out that a lot of high street products are not worth the money. I know what you’re thinking, Amy works here so she would lead me to believe that but she has worked for the likes of Clarins and many others and knows her stuff. I’ve also worked for a popular high street skin care retailer and discovered many marketing secrets that are used to convince the public to buy into things that can actually make our skin worse with unnecessary ingredients that weight us down.

Amy suggests creams and makeups without oil in them – even for dry skin as the oils confuse your natural oil-creating process.

Now on to what you really want to know – did the HydraFacial work?

All I can say is YES! My pores are half the size they used to be and I’d say about 40% of the stubborn tiny blackheads wedged in there are completely gone. My complexion has brightened and evened out so much that I find it incredible how the 30 minute treatment could do so much in just one session.

There is still work to be done to my skin, I realise that I will need at least three more treatments until I’m actually happy with my skin but I have never felt better about it. Applying makeup is now so easy as it doesn’t get stuck in the pores on my forehead, cheeks and around my nose, and my face is the softest I have ever known it to be. It’s hydrated and nicely balanced in terms of oil. I used to find that just a couple of hours after applying makeup my skin would turn to a layer of oil sitting all over – gross. But now I can go all day at work an not feel overly oily.

A few days after the treatment I noticed several small pimples appear and I think this was due the treatment bringing the impurities out of my skin. A week later and they’re now gone and my skin is as amazing as it was as the day after I had it done, the red marks just under the surface have also dramatically faded.

And the three lines along my forehead – gone! I cannot recommend the Hydrafacial enough.

If you’re concerned with fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, texture, brown spots, excess oil, enlarged pores, or congested skin – literally anything – this is the one for you!

Kerry x

The holiday blues - pore me

My thoughts on the HydraFacial

So I’ve just come back from an amazing holiday in Split, Croatia thrilled to be able to tell everyone all my little stories about the place, but a quick flash in my best day-lit bedroom mirror left me slightly horrified. OK, horrified is a bit of an exaggeration but I’m a bit on the dramatic side when it comes to my skin.

It was 35 degrees on the Dalmatian coast that week and as a fair-skinned individual I am very concerned with sun damage. So a weeks worth of lathering factor 50 on my face, and unattractively, lots of sweat, as well as lots more makeup than I’d usually wear every night, when I got home I could see the three very faint lines across my forehead had gone from almost invisible to definitely visible somehow.

On top of this I have struggled with excessively oily skin all my teenage to adult life meaning huge – and I mean wide open – visible pores along with thousands of tiny stubborn blackheads impossible to expel from my skin (not even with the use of home-use tiny tools to press them out). The black heads and open pores, as well as red blemishes under the skin that usually take around six months to fade away have always had me feeling deflated and embarrassed every time I walked away from a mirror so to find I now had a few lines on my forehead motivated me to do something about it.

The HydraFacial was said to be the way to go for instant fixes to all of the above problems. Perfect! So I was more than excited to try this out.

My therapist Amy first of all showed me the machine that displays all the fluids to be used and she talked me through the process step by step.

First up, Amy cleansed my face so it was free of all makeup (gratefully my mascara was left alone). Then it was time for the gentle 7% Glysal peel, which is considerably lower than the types of peels celebs would use at around 20% so good for sensitive skin. The peel is supposed to help towards improving the appearance of acne and scarring as well as balancing oil levels and loosening debris from the pores.

The third step was extraction. A tool that Amy ran along every centimetre of my face sucked the blackheads from my skin using natural honey and salicylic acid.

Hydration came next. The same type of tool gently blasts a cocktail of hyaluronic acid and powerful antioxidants, and peptides into the skin.

Amy then applied a special HydraFacial Serum before I went on my way.

What was great about Amy was her openness about the beauty industry. She told me that this treatment is by no means a miracle treatment and people can have up to 12 sessions before their skin is how they want it to be. Instead of relaxing while I lay on the comfy treatment bed I asked a multitude of questions. From this I found out that a lot of high street products are not worth the money. I know what you’re thinking, Amy works here so she would lead me to believe that but she has worked for the likes of Clarins and many others and knows her stuff. I’ve also worked for a popular high street skin care retailer and discovered many marketing secrets that are used to convince the public to buy into things that can actually make our skin worse with unnecessary ingredients that weight us down.

Amy suggests creams and makeups without oil in them – even for dry skin as the oils confuse your natural oil-creating process.

Now on to what you really want to know – did the HydraFacial work?

All I can say is YES! My pores are half the size they used to be and I’d say about 40% of the stubborn tiny blackheads wedged in there are completely gone. My complexion has brightened and evened out so much that I find it incredible how the 30 minute treatment could do so much in just one session.

There is still work to be done to my skin, I realise that I will need at least three more treatments until I’m actually happy with my skin but I have never felt better about it. Applying makeup is now so easy as it doesn’t get stuck in the pores on my forehead, cheeks and around my nose, and my face is the softest I have ever known it to be. It’s hydrated and nicely balanced in terms of oil. I used to find that just a couple of hours after applying makeup my skin would turn to a layer of oil sitting all over – gross. But now I can go all day at work an not feel overly oily.

A few days after the treatment I noticed several small pimples appear and I think this was due the treatment bringing the impurities out of my skin. A week later and they’re now gone and my skin is as amazing as it was as the day after I had it done, the red marks just under the surface have also dramatically faded.

And the three lines along my forehead – gone! I cannot recommend the Hydrafacial enough.

If you’re concerned with fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, texture, brown spots, excess oil, enlarged pores, or congested skin – literally anything – this is the one for you!

Kerry x